Countdown to Preparedness
I know I probably sound like a broken record by now, but I’ll say it again: September is National Preparedness Month! And what better way to get your preps in gear than a 52 week checklist! If you start now, by next September you’ll be a Prepping Pro! Whether experienced in preparedness, or a brand new convert, this book has something in it for YOU!
About the Book
“Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52-Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness” is like one of your “elective” classes in college. And according to the back of the book, one of the most important classes you’ll ever take! (I tend to agree)
“In this dangerous world, there’s no place where disaster won’t find you. Your only option is to get educated.” -Countdown to Preparedness
“Presenting a straightforward 52-week course to becoming a full-fledged prepper, this book guides you step-by-step with everything from simple tools for storing food and water to advanced techniques for defending your family and property:
- Learn to stock, treat, use and reuse the most important survival item of all—water
- Store enough food to feed your family for three months without breaking the bank
- Develop the emergency skills to respond effectively to any catastrophic event
- Fortify and protect your home with affordable and manageable DIY projects
- Create a prepper savings account to ensure your family’s well-being
If you want to make it out alive, you can’t rely on hope or help from others, you need to be ready to act on your own.”
Whew. Talk about invigorating! Just reading the back cover got me pumped up! How about you?
About the Author
Jim Cobb has worked in the investigation and security fields for twenty years and has been a survivalist most of his life. He is the owner and lead trainer for DisasterPrepConsultants.com. His articles on preparedness have been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life. You can find him online at SurvivalWeekly.com, and blogging for www.Survival-Gear.com. His books include Prepper’s Home Defense, The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness, and Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide. Jim lives in the Upper Midwest with his beautiful wife and their three adolescent weapons of mass destruction.
What I Liked
I love that each chapter is short and to the point. Jim doesn’t waste time going into repetitive detail. He tells you what you need to know, how you can accomplish your task for the week, and then gives you a short and sweet checklist so you remember to get it all done.
Speaking of checklists, your “Assignments” each week are a lot like homework… but fun homework! You get anywhere from one to three tasks to complete per week, which range from writing out a long term goal or formulating a plan to putting together a kit. You are also reminded each week to add a little bit to your saving’s account, buy a few canned goods for your food storage, and put some water away. I LOVE how each step of the larger tasks are broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Building up your food storage, for instance, can be so daunting! But when you only have to buy 3 cans of veggies, 2 cans of fruit, and a can of chili it doesn’t seem so bad!
You also get various tidbits of advice and product recommendations throughout your lessons. Learn about various flashlights that have been tested and approved, using a shemagh (which I had never heard of before this book), and the all-important WaterBOB!
Last, I was thoroughly impressed by the amount of wisdom and information packed into so few words. You don’t have to be an avid reader or have a dense vocabulary to learn vast amounts of prepping-related wisdom from Jim. It’s easy to understand yet covers SO much ground! Whether a seasoned prepper or brand new to the survival niche, I guarantee you’ll learn something from this book. If I had read this book and completed these weekly challenges when I first started my preparedness journey, I assure you I would be much farther along than I am now!
What I Didn’t Like
Jim’s Food Storage section seems a little sparse to me. Food Storage is a very large topic though, and I completely understand how it would be difficult to fit everything into one week’s lesson. Your daily assignments will tell you to buy a few canned goods each week, which is definitely a good start if you have NOTHING stored (this is similar to how I started out), but now that I’ve been at this for a little while, I would recommend a more customized food storage plan for your family instead. I recommend working on your food storage through Menu Planning as discussed in the Build a Better Pantry series by Mom with a Prep. I believe my food storage would be much more well-rounded if I had started out with the menu planning method.
Again, if you have NOTHING stored, Jim’s list is a fantastic place to start, but I would recommend looking into THIS book to supplement your food storage once you get your feet wet, and have at least a few extra staples put away 🙂
Where Can I Get it?
You can purchase Countdown to Preparedness right now on Amazon! It’s available in both paperback and Kindle versions, but you know how I feel about e-books! (Print is always best in my humble opinion) 🙂 You can also find it at Barnes & Noble, and other various online and in-person bookstores. Don’t wait: Add this book to your Prepper Library, and start your Survival 101 Course today!
What About You
What part of this book are you most excited about reading? If you’re new to prepping, what is one area that you would want to focus on first? If you’re an experienced prepper (or somewhere in between) what areas of your preps need a little work?
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